MR TENOR, JOSEPH OPARAMANUIKE – SETTING A PACE FOR THE UPCOMING.
In the world of Opera Music, Nigeria is not regarded as a heavyweight, compared to the likes of Germany, Austria, Italy and England to mention but a few.
This is because the genre of Music though elitist, is alien to the Nigerian society who value more of the groovy pop music currently in vogue. Suffice it to say that the Nigerian people wouldn’t have known what Opera Music is, if not for Colonial Influence.
Joseph playing a lead role in an Opera scene
My recent visit to Europe showed that the world does not even know that Nigeria practices or performs Opera Music. Many of them did not believe the claim, until they listened to us perform, of course they left the auditorium stunned at the Nigerians whom they only knew for Football, Pop Music and probably Nollywood Movies. Now, that’s rebranding Nigeria through Opera Music, if you ask me.
Joseph in action with a colleague
All that is changing now, as the world is beginning to see Nigerian Opera (If only we had one or two Opera houses to show) through Nigeria’s Export, Joseph Oparamanuike, Nigeria’s Best Tenor Singer and most trained Opera Singer of all time. It would interest you to know that Joseph has been nominated for the PARIS OPERA AWARDS, slated to hold in Paris, France, later this year.
Having dumped a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, for a greater calling in Opera Music, Joseph Oparamanuike studied Master of Music Opera (MMus Opera) at the Alexander Gibson Opera School (AGOS), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), under the tutelage of Scott Johnson. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Singing. All his music education in Scotland was supported by RCS Trust Fund Scholarship. He holds Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in Singing and Diploma of Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in Vocal Teaching.
Joseph has done a lot in the world of Opera Music, having performed in some parts of Europe and Asia, no wonder he’s been nominated for the PARIS OPERA AWARDS. He will be contesting with several notable International A-list Opera singers for the coveted award, some of which include; Israeli – born English Soprano Singer, Nili Riemer, Argentinian Baritone, Juan Font, South Korean Tenor, Seunghwan Oh, Australian Soprano, Amy Corkery among others.
One can only hope that Joseph Oparamanuike wins this Award and writes his name in the history books.
You can visit the link below to vote for him:
For concert booking and information on his next Tour and other International Performances, please visit his website on;
Also follow him on his social media handles as follows:
Facebook – Jo Oparamanuike
Facebook Fan Page – Jo O’Manuike aka Mr. Tenor
Twitter – @JoTenor
JOSEPH OPARAMANUIKE WITH HIS EFFORTS IN OPERA MUSIC GLOBALLY, HAS MADE THE “CROOKED WAY” PLAIN, FOR NIGERIAN OPERA SINGERS. IT IS LEFT FOR US TO LEVERAGE ON THAT, WHILST ENJOYING A JOLLY SMOOTH RIDE.
Ifediora, Obinna Maurice
Musical Society of Nigeria
8/9 Marina, Onikan Lagos.